I know people will immediately jump to Cousy and Russell because of the championships but you have to remember the competition wasn't nearly as thick as it is these days. The league was much smaller. Jordan and Pippen had to contend with Isaiah Thomas, then Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone and John Stockton. Never mind the constant threats of Patrick Ewing and Reggie Miller in the Eastern Conference. To me that is why Jordan and Pippen deserve the honor.